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20th Century American Literature

written by: Eve
 
This quiz focuses on famous American authors and literary works of the 20th century. Enjoy!

Question 1:


Which American author is popularly known as the chronicler of the Jazz Age - the period between World War I and World War II?
John Dos Passos
Ernest Hemingway
John Steinbeck
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Question 2:


Which novel by Ernest Hemingway was published in Great Britain under the title "Fiesta"?
The Sun Also Rises
Death in the Afternoon
For Whom the Bell Tolls
A Farewell to Arms

Question 3:


Which 1929 novel narrates the decline of the distinguished Southern family, the Compsons?
"The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner
"Manhattan Transfer" by John Dos Passos
"This Side of paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
"East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

Question 4:


The 1961 publication of this sexually explicit novel led to an obscenity trial in the USA.
A Spy in the House of Love
Naked Lunch
On the Road
Tropic of Cancer

Question 5:


Which novel, set in the Great Depression of the 1930's, won the the Pulitzer Prize in 1940?
An American Tragedy
The Naked and the Death
Tortilla Flat
The Grapes of Wrath

Question 6:


Which of the following is not a character depicted by Joseph Heller in his anti-war novel "Catch-22"?
"Papa" Monzano
Chief White Halfoat
Major Major Major Major
Dunbar

Question 7:


Humbert Humbert is the protagonist and narrator of which 1955 novel?
Something Happened
Lolita
The Awakening
In Cold Blood

Question 8:


Which of these novels is not part of the popular "Rabbit" series written by John Updike?
Rabbit, Run
Rabbit in Love
Rabbit Redux
Rabbit Is Rich

Question 9:


Which author was not a reperesentative figure of the Harlem Renaissance, an African American cultural movement of the 1920s and early 1930s?
ZoraNeale Hurston
Langston Hughes
Carl Sandburg
Countee Cullen

Question 10:


Who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel "Junkie", which gives an account of the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early 1950s?
Jack Kerouac
William S. Burroughs
Philip Roth
Saul Bellow

 


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